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Welcome to Cherry Hill 2015
Mayor Chuck Cahn speaks to a resident during Welcome to Cherry Hill Night on Oct. 15.

Township News

Mayor Cahn, Council welcome
new residents to Cherry Hill

On Thursday night, the members of Council and I welcomed dozens of new and newer Cherry Hill residents to our Welcome to Cherry Hill open house and reception, at the Cherry Hill Public Library. Over the course of two hours, guests mingled with myself and the members of Council, county and state representatives, various Township Departments, and representatives from a wide array of community organizations and resources. I'd like to thank all who attended for making our event a tremendous success - with special thanks to the vendors who supported this year's event, including our "Taste of Cherry Hill" participants: The Bistro at Cherry Hill, Java City Coffee, Jules Thin Crust Pizza, Little Negril, ShopRite, Springdale Farms, Whole Foods and Zoe's Kitchen. It was a wonderful night to learn all about what makes Cherry Hill a great place to live, work and play. Click here for photos. 

Council advances turf field project at Cherry Hill East, West

Township Council on Tuesday approved a shared-service agreement that represents another step forward in the development of new multi-use sports fields at Cherry Hill High Schools East and West. The project, a partnership with the Cherry Hill Board of Education, will install new turf fields at each high school, as well as track and field improvements at both schools. The facilities will be used by each school's Football, Soccer, Lacrosse and Field Hockey programs, and would be open to members of the public when not in use by the District. I am proud to continue partnering with the Board of Education and our school district to improve our schools' athletic fields, and ensure our our students have access to well-maintained and competitive facilities in which to play. We expect work to begin on these fields in the spring of 2016, with a target completion date in the fall. 

Crossing Guard proclamations
Crossing Guards Helen Nitz (left) and Claire Bauman (right) accept proclamations and awards commemorating their 50 years of service to Cherry Hill Township.

Cherry Hill Crossing Guards honored
for 50 years of service to the Township

This week, the Township was proud to honor two of Cherry Hill's longest-serving employees: Crossing Guards Helen Nitz and Claire Bauman, who are celebrating their 50th year of service to the Township. Lifelong friends, Helen and Claire were hired just weeks apart in 1965, and have been steadfast and dedicated to their positions ever since. Council and I honored Claire and Helen at our Township Council meeting on Tuesday night, presenting special proclamations designating a day in their honor, while Police Chief Bud Monaghan presented them with beautiful Service Awards that are typically only given to sworn officers who have served for 25 years. Dozens of their friends and family members, were in attendance for a very fitting tribute to the women. Please join me in once again thanking Helen and Claire for their service to the entire Cherry Hill community - particularly the Horace Mann and Russell Knight Elementary Schools. Click here for photos, and visit our Facebook page for news stories and video clips. 

Locustwood meeting
Mayor Cahn, Council and Township staff members hosted the latest Mayor's Town Hall meeting on Wednesday.

Mayor, Council host Town Hall meeting

On Wednesday night, Council members Sara Lipsett, Brian Bauerle, Jim Bannar, Melinda Kane and Carole Roskoph joined me in hosting the latest in a series of Town Hall-style meetings with Cherry Hill residents. For two hours, we answered questions, shared news about the great things happening in Cherry Hill, and talked about issues relevant to the crowd packed into the Township Community Center. It was a great group of people, and a wonderful opportunity for Council and I to answer questions and get to know some of our residents. The meeting was part of an ongoing series of Town Hall-style meetings Council and I have hosted over the last several months, and we have others scheduled throughout the community in the coming weeks. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to engage with our other neighborhoods in the very near future. Thank you to all who attended!

Leaf collection
Leaf collection begins in Cherry Hill the week of Oct. 26.

Leaf collection begins Oct. 26; free leaf bags available at Town Hall, DPW

Curbside leaf collection begins Oct. 26 in neighborhoods across Cherry Hill, and will continue through mid-December. Click here for guidelines and scheduled collection dates. Dates will be posted in your neighborhood approximately a week ahead of your scheduled collection. To help expedite the leaf-collection process and make it more convenient for residents, the Township is once again offering 30-gallon leaf bags free to all our residents. Leaf bags can be picked up in the Municipal Clerk’s Office (Room 107) at Town Hall, or at the Department of Public Works, 1 Perina Blvd. Bagged leaves can be placed at the curb on your scheduled trash collection day, giving you more flexibility as to when leaves can be cleaned up. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at (856) 424-4422.

Cherry Valley Trails opening
Mayor Cahn and Council celebrate the opening of the new Cherry Valley Trails. 

Mayor Cahn, Council celebrate
opening of Cherry Valley Trails 

Last weekend, I joined the Cherry Hill Environmental Board (CHEB), the Cherry Valley/Peppermill Farms Civic Association, and Council members Sara Lipsett, Brian Bauerle, Jim Bannar and Carole Roskoph to celebrate the grand opening of the new Cherry Valley Trails. 
The two-trail system, cultivated over many months by CHEB Chairman Lew Gorman and Trail Ambassador Mary Ellen Lane, span 1/2-mile and 1/3-mile. A trail kiosk is located just inside Cherry Valley Park on Briar Lane. Council and I are fully committed to the preservation and enhancement of our open spaces throughout Cherry Hill, and the Township boasts and extensive trail system in neighborhoods throughout the community. These beautiful trails are a wonderful new addition to that system. If you live in the area, or simply enjoy experiencing the wonderful outdoor spaces in the area, I highly encourage you to check out Cherry Valley. Click here for photos of Saturday's event. 

Halloween 2015

Cherry Hill Police release recommended
Trick-or-Treat hours for this Halloween

The Cherry Hill Police Department has released its guidelines for Halloween 2015. As in past years, the CHPD recommends that trick-or-treating take place between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. A 7 p.m. suggested curfew will be in effect for children under 18 not accompanied by an adult on both Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31. Police in marked and unmarked cars will be patrolling local streets on both evenings, along with fire and emergency personnel and local neighborhood watch groups. Click here for this year's complete guidelines. 

CHPD now accepting applications for new recruits

On Monday, Oct. 5, the Cherry Hill Police Department began accepting applications from all qualified individuals who are interested in testing for the position of Police Officer in the Township of Cherry Hill. Interested applicants should e-mail their name, address and valid email address to CHPDjobs@cherryhillpolice.com to receive an electronic copy of the application. Applications may also be obtained in person from Police Records during normal business hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. All completed applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Click here for more information.

Prominent Hispanic Awards 2015
Councilwoman Susan Shin Angulo (far right) attended last Friday's Prominent Hispanic Awards in Voorhees to honor two Cherry Hill residents.

Two Cherry Hill residents honored at County's Prominent Hispanic Awards

To commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Camden County Freeholder Board’s Office of Hispanic Affairs presented the 20th annual Prominent Hispanic Awards on Friday, Oct. 9, in Voorhees. Among this year's award recipients were husband and wife Diego Correa, Music Director at Divine Mercy Parish, and Damaris Thillet, Associate Director of the Camden Diocese Office of Worship. The Cherry Hill residents are composers, musicians, vocalists and educators and have played significant roles in the Philadelphia and South Jersey Hispanic communities. Councilwoman Susan Shin-Angulo attended the awards on behalf of the Township, and was on hand to honor Diego and Damaris for their contributions to our community. Click here for photos and details. Please join me in congratulating and thanking Diego and Damaris for their continued work to make Cherry Hill and South Jersey a better place to live. 

Harvest Festival Flier

Upcoming Events

Enjoy free, family-friendly fall fun at  
Harvest Festival, Sunday at Croft Farm 

Round up the family and join Cherry Hill Township, Cherry Hill Police and the Cherry Hill Fire Department at Harvest Festival, noon-4 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 18, at Croft Farm. There will be activities for all, including a pumpkin patch, pony rides and petting zoo, a new craft fair and a ton of interactive activities from the Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments. Bring a nonperishable food donation for the Cherry Hill Food Pantry for a chance to dunk a member of the Cherry Hill Police, including Chief Bud Monaghan! For more information about Harvest Festival, email Events@chtownship.com, or visit www.CherryHill-NJ.com/HarvestFestival

Shredding and Recycling Day flier

Cherry Hill hosts shredding, recycling event at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25

Cherry Hill residents will have a unique opportunity to recycle almost any household item at a very special Shredding and Recycling Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Township Public Works Complex. The day will serve as an opportunity to learn about the variety of items that are recyclable in Cherry Hill. Residents can bring up to three boxes of documents to be shredded securely. Other items to be collected include plastic bags, CFL light bulbs, electronic waste (hard drives will be destroyed), rechargeable batteries, tires, used oil and car batteries. Residents will also have the one-time-only opportunity to recycle "rigid" plastics, including outdoor climbers and other toys, crates, plastic trash cans, lawn chairs and pet carriers. Hazardous waste will not be accepted. The event is FREE and open to residents only. Click here for more information.

Fall Into the Arts 2015
(From left) Councilman Jim Bannar, Councilwoman Sara Lipsett, Mayor Chuck Cahn, 1st Place Winner Joanna Patterson, Councilwoman Carole Roskoph and Councilman Brian Bauerle at the Fall Into the Arts Opening Reception, Oct. 10.

Don't miss the Fall into the Arts Juried Photography Show, through Oct. 25

The Cherry Hill Arts Board presents the 2015 Fall Into the Arts Juried Photography Show from Oct. 10-25 inside the Croft Farm Arts Center. Members of Council and I kicked off this year's show with a special "Meet the Artists" opening reception last Saturday, and presented awards to this year's photography show winners: 1st Place winner Joanna Patterson, and Purchase Prize winner Dr. Kurt Bomze. The Photography Show is free and open to all. Don't miss out on this opportunity to see beautiful photos from local photographers! For more information, visit http://CherryHillArts.blogspot.com or email Arts@CHTownship.com.

Central New Jersey Genealogical Club

Historical Commission hosts
Genealogy program on Oct. 20

Following up on last spring's successful Introduction to Genealogy program, the Cherry Hill Historical Commission will host "Genealogy: Internet Research... Finding What You Really Want," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Cherry Hill Public Library. Experts Nancy C. Nelson and Carol M. Sheaffer of the Central NJ Genealogical Society will share tips for research on paid and free genealogical websites and emphasize use of the internet not only to retrieve data, but to break through brick walls. Don't miss this FREE program! For more information, click here, call (856) 488-7886, or e-mail CHHC@chtownship.com. 

Dolphin Dash 5K
The Downs Farm Swim Club will host the annual Dolphin Dash 5K on Oct. 18.

Downs Farm Swim Club to host
Dolphin Dash 5K on Sunday, Oct. 18

The Downs Farm Swim Club will host the 4th annual Dolphin Dash 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. this Sunday, Oct. 18. The event begins at Horace Mann Elementary School, and proceeds will cover the costs of equipment for our youth athletes. The family-friendly race is open to participants of all ages and abilities, whether you want to walk the course, attempt your first 5K run, or are looking to log a great time. Click here for a registration link and other details.

SCH Food Day 2015

Taste, learn, take action at Food Day, Oct. 24 at Cherry Hill H.S. East

Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Green Health Task Force, in partnership with the Cherry Hill Public Schools, presents its 3rd annual Food Day, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Cherry Hill High School East. Get to know local, healthy, sustainable foods from across the region. Enjoy delicious samplings and vegetarian and gluten free options. Learn at a variety of food workshops. This year's event will include several workshops, including: Home Garden Sprouting at 11 a.m.; the Magic of Healthy, Sustainable Recipes at 11:30 a.m.; Grow Your Own Health at noon; Good Eats Teach at 12:30 p.m., Fall in Love with Fair Trade Chocolate at 1 p.m., and Make it at Home: Kimchi Fermentation at 1:30 p.m. For more information, or to register for this FREE event, visit www.SustainableCherryHill.org

Sustainable Cherry Hill Logo

Sustainable Cherry Hill hosts nature walk, Oct. 24 along the Croft Farm trails

What does the face of nature look like to you? Explore the Croft Farm trails with Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Art & Sustainability Task Force, as they host the Faces of Nature Photography Walk, from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, October 24. Explore the trails and learn a little bit about our natural environment. Capture what you see as the faces of nature on camera. Event is geared toward both camera-phone junkies and experienced photographers. Participants should meet at the Croft Farm Art Barn, and will leave promptly at 9 a.m.; if you arrive after 9, the entrance to the trail is located behind the art barn. Click here for more information, and to register.

Flu Shots 2015
Missed last week's flu shot clinic at Town Hall? You can still get vaccinated Oct. 20 at the JCC.

Missed today's flu shots? Free shots available at the JCC on Oct. 20

If you missed last week's free flu-shot clinic at Town Hall, don't worry: The Katz JCC will host another opportunity for Cherry Hill residents to get their free flu shots, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. These free clinics are presented by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and Department of Health and Human Services, in preparation for the 2015 flu season. Shots are free for all Camden County residents ages 9 and up. Please bring your Medicare or medical insurance card, and your Social Security Number. For more information and additional flu-shot clinic dates across Camden County, click here

Library Logo

Library News and Events

Free, family-friendly fun at CHPL

Please join us for these and many other free special events this week at the Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 N. Kings Hwy

  • Lit with Librarians: Daytime Book Club
    3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20

    Join us for a discussion of "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman.
  • Grave Matters
    7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21
    A tongue-in-cheek look at death and dying, this program delves into Victorian mourning customs. It covers everything from the dying words of famous individuals to headstone epitaphs. The topic is “deadly,” but portions of the program are humorous. Click here to register for this free event.
  • PFLAG Collingswood: Supporting the South Jersey LGBTQ Community
    7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 
    October is LGBT History Month. A panel of PFLAG Collingswood parents will discuss PFLAG as a resource for families and the LGBTQ community. No registration. 
  • Itsy-Bitsy Activities
    11-11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23

    Walkers under the age of 2 will enjoy this sensory stations especially designed for curious toddlers. No registration. Have a child who isn't walking yet? Check out our Creeping and Crawling event, also on Oct. 23.

The Cherry Hill Public Library hosts hundreds of events and activities all year long. Visit www.chplnj.org for the full calendar of events, and to sign up for the library's e-newsletter, renew books, place holds, pay fines and much more. Follow the Library on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for all the latest events, news and happenings! Join the conversation with #chplnj. For more information, call (856) 667-0300, or e-mail info@chplnj.org.

Medicare Card
Medicare Open Enrollment runs from Oct. 15-Dec. 7.

Senior Living

'Understanding Medicare' session
for seniors: Oct. 27 at Town Hall

The Open Enrollment period for Medicare runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, 2015.

  • Cherry Hill Township is offering a free "Understanding Medicare" session for seniors at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the N. John Amato Council Chambers (Room 208), Town Hall, 820 Mercer St. The class is hosted by Wealth Bridge Advisor Bill Greenfield, and will include information about Open Enrollment.
  • The State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) also provides free medicare counseling. Call (877) 222-3737, or visit SHIP online by clicking here.

For more information or questions, you may contact Gaye Pino, Senior Services Coordinator, at (856) 661-4800 or gpino@chtownship.com. 

School News

CHPS Middle School Committee seeks community input

The Middle Level Committee of the Cherry Hill Public Schools, made up of principals, teachers and parents from all three middle schools, asks for community input about what middle school should offer our students. This first survey (additional surveys will be posted on the District website later in the year) will be available until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Please click here to take part anonymously in the committee's initial survey.

Latest news from the Cherry Hill School District

Stay up-to-date on the latest news and other important information in the Cherry Hill School District's e-news. Click here for the latest edition.

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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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